Superheroes assemble to Save Curzon Soho: leading UK artists create mural in the cinema

Photo by Neil Massey_IMG_2813

Photo by Neil Massey

Soho’s top independent bookshop ​Gosh! Comics ​and the UK’s leading independent graphic novel publisher SelfMadeHero ​​have joined the campaign to Save Curzon Soho​and supported the creation of a SAVE CURZON SOHO mural in the Curzon Soho cinema on Shaftesbury Avenue.The mural was designed and executed by leading comic artists and illustrators Krent Able ​and JAKe​, who put together a super team of cinema and TV heroes to help protect Curzon Soho from the developers who want to knock it down. The mural depicts figures including Batman, Barbarella, Django, Princess Leia, Toshiro Mifune, Peter O’Toole, and Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes standing in front of Curzon Soho to stop the wrecking ball and flying the flag of independent cinema. Watch the timelapse video of the making of the mural.


We’re Hiring!


It’s that sad time again where we wave adieu to one of our staff, with our Hannah soon heading off to pastures Bristolian. That of course means it’s hiring time, so if you or someone you know is keen on working with us, start polishing that CV!

We have a full-time position assisting with events and libraries, and we need someone hard-working and enthusiastic who knows their graphic apples from their sequential oranges.

Gosh! has been around for nearly 25 years now, and in that time we’ve built up what we hope to be a reputation for excellent, knowledgeable service, and a range of comics that are second to none. We’re a small, busy store that needs staff who can juggle friendly, helpful service with a diverse range of administrative tasks, while also helping to maintain a well-presented shop floor. Needless to say, organisational skills and an attention to detail are a must.

Experience within a busy retail environment is essential, and it’ll certainly be a bonus to have had experience within the book trade. Applicants should also be well versed with common office software, particularly spreadsheets, and experience with WordPress would be a bonus, as would some writing chops. And it might help a little if you’ve got a burning passion for comics.

A job description will be made available on application, but we do like to let people’s strengths lead them to certain roles within the shop, and there are certainly opportunities for all our staff to place their own stamp upon Gosh’s identity.

So drop us a line if you’re interested! We will be taking applications until the end of February, shortlisting in the first week of March, and then interviewing shortlisted applicants in the week starting Monday 9th March. The position will commence in the week starting Monday 13th April.

Please send your CV and (very importantly) a brief cover letter for the attention of Andrew to

Kieron Gillen Talks Watchmen


We’re pretty big fans of Wicked & Divine/Phonogram/Young Avengers/Journey Into Mystery/Uber/etc/etc/etc writer Kieron Gillen around these parts. Bit of a prolific whiz, that lad. And not only that, but he’s also got a keen critical faculty for the mechanics of the medium. We highly recommend his irregular comics podcast series DECOMPRESSED, where he examines the work of his guests, pulling apart the cogs and wheels of their process.

Well, a little while back he turned his eye onto Watchmen, and came up with a speech that made such an impression, it’s now being filmed for posterity. I’ll let Kieron tell you more…

“A year ago in the pub, a friend asked writer Kieron Gillen what the big deal is about WATCHMEN. It got him thinking. This speech was the result of all those Kieron Gillen head thinks about that famous eighties comic with the smiley face on the front. A unique experience to see Kieron Gillen wave his hands and fanboy out about comics formalism in an intimate environment. Topics include nine panel grids, structuralism in story, his own autobiographical transformation during a chance encounter on Oxford Street, the unanswered challenge of Watchmen, how he rips it off and yet more nine panel grids. He promises he will also wear his most expensive of skull jackets. Do come. He is very lonely. Will probably include some Q&A or something too. You know what these things are like.”

A good time, is what they’re like. And popular too, we’d guess, so get yourself down here, Monday 3rd November, 7.30pm-9pm. Kieron’s talk is being filmed and seats are limited on a first-come-first-served basis, so do get here early to avoid disappointment.


(And don’t forget our launch party on the 12th for The Wicked + The Divine Vol 1 TP!)

The Gosh! Authority 27/08/14



Before we get started let’s just get our regular Bank Holiday week PSA out of the way. This week we’ll be getting the new stock delivered on Wednesday rather than Tuesday as we normally do, this means that the new stuff will go on sale on Wednesday but won’t be ready first thing as we have to wait for it to arrive and count it before we can get it out. Keep an eye on our Facebook account and Twitter feed on Wednesday and we’ll let you know when it’s all available.


The Gosh! Authority 13/08/14

By now you’ll probably have read and loved Seconds, the new book from Bryan Lee O’Malley, so you’re all set for our Seconds party this Thursday night. Bryan himself will be on hand to sign your copy and we’ll have plenty of books available on the night, so don’t panic if you haven’t managed to grab one yet. All the details on the event can be found here.